Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Alan Colmes, an author and liberal political commentator for Fox News, died Thursday morning after a brief illness, his official website confirmed. He was 66.
"He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley," the message said. "He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time."
"Alan was a dear friend. I miss him dearly. Please pray for my friend and his family!" Colmes' longtime friend and Fox News colleague Sean Hannity tweeted about the former host of radio's The Alan Colmes Show.
Fox News personality Monica Crowley said in a Facebook post she is "heartbroken at the loss of my sweet brother-in-law Alan Colmes."
"He passed away this morning after a brief illness, which he fought with extraordinary courage, strength and grace," Crowley noted. "Alan was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He took his beliefs and work seriously and at the same time lived his life full of joy, laughter and commitment. He loved what he did for a living, and he loved those around him -- without condition. During the most heated political debates, his infectious sense of humor would come through, and before you knew it, even his staunchest political opponents were smiling. He was incredibly kind, generous and warm -- and completely devoted to my sister and our family. He was a gentle soul and a good man. He was my friend. And I will miss him every day. Rest in peace, dear Alan."